Detroit Tigers (62-50) at Toronto Blue Jays (61-55)
|Date & Time||Friday August 8, 2014, 7:07 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Toronto Blue Jays +117 / Detroit Tigers -127 --- Over/Under: 8
The Toronto Blue Jays and the Detroit Tigers face off on Friday in Toronto for game one of their series.
The Toronto Blue Jays are competing for a spot in the post season both in the AL East race and the AL Wildcard. Toronto is 31-25 at home, 5-5 in their last 10 games, and they care coming off of a loss on Thursday. As a team the Blue Jays are hitting .264 with Melky Cabrera hitting .315, Jose Bautista hitting .297, and Jose Reyes hitting .282. The Toronto pitching staff has an ERA of 4.12 with the starters at 3.99 and the bullpen at 4.37. For game one against the Tigers the Blue Jays start R. A. Dickey who is 2-3 in his last five starts. For the season Dickey has allowed 142 hits and 68 earned runs while striking out 129 over 152 innings for a 9-11 record and a 4.03 ERA.
The Detroit Tigers continue to lead the AL Central but their lead continues to shrink. The Tigers are 32-23 on the road, 5-5 in their last 10 games, and they have lost their last two games. As a team the Tigers are hitting .275 with Victor Martinez hitting .324, Miguel Cabrera hitting .310, and Rajai Davis hitting .294. The Tigers pitching staff has an ERA of 3.95 with the starters at 3.71 and the bullpen at 4.51. For game one against the Blue Jays the Tigers start Anibal Sanchez who has won two of his last three starts. For the season Sanchez has allowed 98 hits and 45 earned runs while striking out 99 over 120.1 innings for an 8-5 record and a 3.37 ERA.
Toronto is 5-1 as an underdog, 1-5 against the AL Central, and 3-7 in Dickey’s last 10 starts. Detroit is 4-1 in their last five games as a favorite, 1-7 in their last eight road games, and 7-3 in Sanchez’s last 10 starts as a favorite. Detroit is 4-1 in their last five games in Toronto.
The Tigers are not hitting well and facing the knuckleballer here isn’t going to help that and I like the Jays to win at home.
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